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Six Newcomers in NBA Dunk Contest

February 1, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jonathan Bender of Indiana and Baron Davis of Charlotte are among six first-time players in the NBA’s slam dunk contest in Washington on Feb. 10, a day before the league’s All-Star game.

Desmond Mason of Seattle, Corey Maggette of the Los Angeles Clippers, DeShawn Stevenson of Utah and Stromile Swift of Vancouver also are scheduled to compete.

Stevenson, a rookie, and Bender, a second-year player, both joined the NBA directly from high school.

Defending champion Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors will not compete because of a knee injury.

The winner gets $25,000, with second place worth $15,000 and third place $10,000. The three others get $5,000 each.

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